Area history, Aug. 20, 2014

Area history, Aug. 20, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: County school Superintendent C.H. Watts said that the county's schools had an enrollment of 12,382 for the year ended June 30. There were 9,957 in the elementary grades and 1,595 in high schools. School was held in 241 buildings. There also were 830 students in private schools. Most teachers were paid $400 to $499 for the year, although three earned between $900 and $999.

In 1964: Sen. Barry Goldwater was interrupted by applause more than 40 times in his 33-minute grandstand address at the Illinois State Fair. The Republican presidential nominee denied that he was eager to go to war with communists. "Let's nail this one down," he said. "There is no greater political lie. I've been through one war and I've prepared boys to fly in another one — and I want no more of it."

In 1999: The latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report places the University of Illinois 34th among national universities, in a five-way tie with the University of Wisconsin, Case Western Reserve, Lehigh and New York University.

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